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Leviticus 13:1-59

The Hebrew word translated in the NLT text, “appears,” appears ten times in the thirteenth chapter,

BDB Definition:
1) sight, appearance, vision
1a) sight, phenomenon, spectacle, appearance, vision
1b) what is seen
1c) a vision (supernatural)
1d) sight, vision (power of seeing)

Each of the ten times this word appears it has to do with discerning the truth about a “skin” disease or “sin.” Something can “appear” to be something but upon close examination, and not just over a short period of time, and with stated guidelines, the dis-ease is identified. Appearance and actuality are two separate things.

In this passage, the focus is something that “breaks out” on the skin, on the surface, looking like a “skin” disease and to insure that no one is tagged wrongly, close observation is needful. But there is another type of appearance, that of one that seems healthy and holy, but in actuality the disease, though not on the surface, has permeated the inside where the eyes of the priests cannot see.

Be honest in your judgment and do not decide at a glance (superficially and by appearances); but judge fairly and righteously. (John 7:24 AMP)

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. (Matthew 23:27-28 KJV)

Grace and peace,

Leviticus 13:1-59

This chapter discusses skin disease and the protocol the priest was to follow concerning it. If someone was diagnosed with an infectious skin disease, they were put outside the camp until it was healed and no longer infectious. For some reason this triggered thoughts of the way sin also puts us outside the camp, isolated from the body of Christ. Leprosy was a dreaded and feared disease in the time of Leviticus; the symptoms of leprosy and sin have similar properties. Sin isolates us; it spreads throughout the whole body and causes a deadening of sensitivity which disables our warning light.

Another scripture that stood out was Psalm 39:5 You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure.

Life is oh so short. When I was a teenager I never really thought about how short life is but now that I am older this has really sunk in. My third grade summer vacation seemed to last an eternity, probably because I was having such a great time living every moment to the fullest. Everyone’s life is but a mere breath. We should meditate on this startling reality instead of deadening it with distractions. Life is a vapor trail. The best way to slow life down is enter into the presence of the Lord walking with God.

As I study God’s word and my priorities shift, my perspective on how short life is changes. I don’t worry about the shortness of life anymore and yet I feel an increased urgency to focus on what’s really important, my relationship with God and the way I relate with people. The closer I move towards Him, the clearer this all becomes.

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